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    Default Best free IDE?

    I've gotten through 74 pages of yet another JAVA book and I have still not written a single line of code (from this book).

    So, I thought I'd take the time to check to see if I'm using a good IDE. I'm using JCreator LITE, which is a little frustrating. I really like the Visual C# IDE, if that helps.

    I want to hear what you guys think is the best IDE (Eclipse is driving me nuts, so that's not one I'll be using any time soon).

    Thanks!

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    I think my Favorite from the ones that I have tried is Dr. Java. {tried JCreator, Blue J, and Dr. Java}

    One thing I find amazing about Dr.java is that it combines the java looks, is easy-to-use, and does'nt give you too much luxury.(completing the brackets and drop-down).

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    Please check out the sticky post at the start of this forum. Also, you would do well to search this and other Java fora as this is discussed in most fora at least once a month if not more. My own preference is to use Eclipse, and many like IntelliJ but it is too costly for me. One thing I would suggest right off the bat is that coders moving from M$ C# treat Java as Java, not as C# because they are two different animals. If coding a Java GUI you will be far better off not using an IDE to generate the code but instead learning to code Swing by hand.

    Just one man's opinion.

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    Sorry for asking then! However, your responses were very helpful. I finally gave Dr. JAVA a try and I'm very happy with it. Thanks!

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    nah, the best way to learn java is the hardcore way. do everything in notepad. forget about autocompletion. Then after that, move on to a comfortable ide.

    My problem now is that i'm stuck w/ notepad++ because i'm too used to it.

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    that's because notepad++ is one slick program. I'm hooked on it when I want to create a quick C app (contradiction in terms).

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